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Health Information Management

Where healthcare and technology collide!

 

What is Health Information Management (HIM)

  • The health information management (HIM) field places you right where the expanding arena of health care meets the cutting edge of technology.
  • HIM professionals are the experts on patient data that doctors, nurses, and other providers rely on to perform their jobs.
  • This field of study is sometimes referred to as medical records, but as you can see, the opportunities are far greater! With new healthcare initiatives, hospitals, doctors and other healthcare facilities need professionals that can understand electronic health information networks and exchanges.
  • HIM professionals code, digitize and create electronic patient records, while improving electronic data integrity. Some professionals manage the entire process, check for accuracy and secure the information as required by law.


Program Highlights 

  • Experienced faculty dedicated to your success
  • The program has been accredited for more than 30 years
  • Graduates are qualified and eligible to take the national certification exam to become an RHIT
  • Curriculum that prepares you for employment and education advancement
  • Scholarships available (Foundation Office/application)
  • At VU, you will receive classroom knowledge and hands-on experience in all areas of the HIM field
  • Available on online and on campus.

Application Process

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  • Applicants must apply to Vincennes University. On Campus applicants will need to complete a secondary application. Information on the secondary application will be sent with your acceptance information for the University.
  • Distanct Education applicants should visit http://www.vinu.edu.distance for application information
  • Criminal History Policy

Statistics

  • Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about where RHITs work, medial annual salaries, and job outlook.
  • The program has a high satisfaction rate among graduates. The results of our Outcome Assessments as reported in the Annual Program Assessment Report (APAR) include:
  1. Graduate satisfaction:  100%
  2. Employer satisfaction:  100%
  3. Graduate Placement:  Above CAHIIM requirement of 80%
  4. Certification Outcomes:  Above National Mean Pass Rate of 76%

Accreditation

The HIM Program at Vincennes University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Click here for the CAHIIM website.

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For additional information on the Health Information Management profession, including salary information, please visit http://www.ahima.org/

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On Campus Contact:


Janet Thomas, MS, RHIT, CCS
Chair, HIM Program

Room: 213

(812) 888-4408
jthomas@vinu.edu

Education and licensure/certifications
Master of Science in Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Vincennes University

Associate of Science in Health Information Management, Vincennes University

Certification of Clinical Coding Specialist

Teaching & Work Experience
Teaches Introduction to Health Information Management, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding, CPT-4/HCPCS coding, Reimbursement and Management Processes, and Professional Practice Experience
 

Professor Thomas views the classroom and learning as a series of conversations and interactions and attempts to provide students with opportunities to recognize and reflect on their experiences and to develop strategies for personal growth, scholarly development, and health information management.  
 

Work experience includes 18 years as an educator at Vincennes University, 8 years of experience Health Information Management department director at Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney, Illinois.  She has worked remotely as a medical transcriptionist and medical coder from her home.


Professor Thomas finds that the best part of being an educator is being involved with students in the classroom and then watching them progress in their careers after graduation.

Professor Thomas stays actively involved with the HIM world outside of the classroom.  She is the current president of Southern Indiana Health Information Management Association.  She also holds a seat on the board of the Indiana Health Information Management Association.  Each year, she attends the Assembly on Education to further her knowledge of teaching the current and ever changing area of Health Information Management. She has received the distinguished member award from the Indiana Health Information Management Association.  At Vincennes University, she is member of the Faculty Senate and a member of the Senate Finance Committee.

 

Traci Stephens

Instructor

Room209

(812) 888-5541

tnstephens@vinu.edu

Education and licensure/certifications
Associate of Science in Health Information Management, Vincennes University
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Vincennes University

Registered Health Information Technician, American Health Information Management Association

Teaching & Work Experience
Teaches Medical Terminology for Allied Health, Data Analysis, Medicolegal Aspects of the Health Record, Clinical Quality Management, Pharmacology for Allied Health. 

Mrs. Stephens uses a combination of technology, real-life examples, and practical application to help students prepare themselves for, not only their careers, but their next steps in life.   

Work experience includes 4 years as an educator here at Vincennes University.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Stephens spent 5 years serving as the assistant to the Director of Health Information Management at Good Samaritan Hospital.     

Mrs. Stephens finds that the best part of teaching is watching a student apply what they have learned. 


Distance Education Contact (Online learning)
For more information on the HIM Program online, please visit the distance education website.

Learn more about the required courses for this major

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes